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When it comes to exploring a city’s authentic dining scene, while the stomach should ideally serve as the best compass, the truth is that it’s hard to find your way without good local advice. That’s where Culinary Backstreets’ Culinary Walks come in. Our small group walks lead visitors on an educating eating binge through a city’s lesser-seen historic side streets and authentic markets, visiting countless hard-to-find culinary gems and, in between bites, a select number of untouristed historic monuments. In today’s world, a city’s culinary scene is the most significant and accessible repository of local culture. Eating locally and authentically has become the easiest–and tastiest–route to getting a sense of a place’s real traditions. Let us show you the way.
Quick bite: Spend the day eating your way through Sants, a lesser-explored neighborhood with a booming local food scene and a fascinating history. We’ll dig into markets and old vermuterias, pastry shops and down home restaurants, but we’ll also find the pulse of Sants in some contemporary culinary projects.
Quick bite: In Lao Beijing (“Old Beijing”), it’s best to get off the busy thoroughfares and into the hutong (alleyways) to explore the best food in town.
Ankara may be Turkey’s political center and Istanbul its cultural and economic one, but ask Turks what their country’s culinary capital is and the answer will invariably be the same: Gaziantep.
An ancient city not far from Turkey’s southern border, a meeting point between the Arab Middle East and Turkish Anatolia, Gaziantep over the centuries has developed a culinary culture that is deeply rooted in the rhythm of the agricultural lands surrounding it and that is maintained with great pride and honor by the city’s cooks and food makers. Gaziantep is also the source for many of Turkish cuisine’s iconic dishes – the city’s famous baklava is without compare and its kebabs are truly works of art, the standard by which all others are measured.
Quick Bite: These lessons – journeys in their own right – are an exploration of some of our most beloved neighborhood kitchens, with menus inspired by their best recipes. In this two-hour small-group experience, you’ll be led from start to finish through the steps of preparing three classic mezes.
Quick bite: On this food tour we’ll explore the tangled roots of Izmir’s cuisine and culture, enjoying the friendly laid back environment of the markets near the agora and sampling a variety of dishes unique to this city.
Quick Bite: From Tunisian brik to Provençal pastis, discover the diverse flavors, people and places that make this vibrant port city so irresistible on this epic food tour.
Quick bite: On this walk through Oaxaca’s historic center, we’ll get an edible crash course on the ingredients and techniques that are a bedrock of traditional Oaxacan cooking and on how they are being safeguarded.
Quick Bite: Join this food tour to spend a day getting to know Porto’s lesser-known food traditions, local institutions and its heroes in the kitchen.
Quick Bite: On this half-day introduction to Corona’s culinary essentials, we hit the streets on a Saturday, when the griddles and grills in this already lively neighborhood are working overtime and the street vendors come out in full force.